Dressing with a Kick

 Dressing with a Kick 

We all have a morning routine of sorts. We might not do the same thing in the same order each day, but chances are we have a rhythm we are partial to. For example: after the shower (most days), the makeup (if time permits), and the hair (messy bun again) the wardrobe selection is last but not least. Our buckets are either filled or slowly emptied as we head for the closet door while asking the dreaded question “what to wear.” 
Our own sense of style is needed now more than ever. Why do you think mixed patterns became a thing? This trend came to be because of some fabulous woman who always wore stripes on bottom and polka dots on top. She wasn’t trying to set an agenda - she was wearing what represented her interest. She thought Who cares is if it doesn’t ‘match’? She bravely ventured to express her own way of being fabulous. The important thing is not to be afraid. This is adulthood, where standing out is GOOD, and being yourself is valued. Why not be the next trendsetter? It isn’t just clothes, it’s a sense of style. It’s you.  
My new favorite trend of retro tennis shoes with dresses might be my favorite.

It combines the idea of standing out yet embracing this season of my life as educator, mom on-the-go, and traveler. Recently, I took a group of students to a study abroad experience in Italy. Since I had never been abroad before as a student (although I should have jumped on the chance); I researched the most important things first: European summer fashion. According to my research, Italians, with their luxurious style sense, commonly wore high heels on cobble stone streets as they ventured to class, work, dates, and appointments – no matter what the occasion. I quickly passed on this as an option, imagining myself hobbling, feet blistered and bloody, before the first day was through. Then I found exactly what I hoped I would: cute tennis shoes to wear with dresses, skirts, and even dress pants.
As the summer months drew closer, I decided to not wait until I breathed in the Italian air to debut the cute shoe trend. Instead, I dared to wear them on campus on the perfect spring day. It must have been the newly planted colorful tulips that gave me an extra boost of confidence in my step. I was extremely comfy yet put together as I ventured to my office. 
It was then I realized it wouldn’t have mattered if it was a trend or not - It was the comfort, not the style, that boosted my energy and motivation for the day. And it shouldn’t have mattered if it was on the Vogue “Top 10 Fashion Finds for the Spring”. Whether you are headed to work, taking the kids to school, heading to class, or out on the town with gal pals it pays to dress your part. Who cares if you didn’t think of mixed patterns or tennis shoes with dresses first. Be yourself! Isn’t that the best person to be? Tomorrow as you are going through your morning routine, instead of dreading picking out your clothes, jump with joy (literally) to dress the part of yourself. 
Read the blog in it's entirety at Pro F Magazine and purchase the blush dress seen on Kari here.


Kari Dawkins is a staff member at the University of Oklahoma, seasonal buyer at Seven Oaks, a contributor to the national Higher Education publication ProF Magazine, full time mom of a little girl and a dog (who thinks he’s a real boy), and wife to a handsome husband. As a true Okie her whole life she loves this state, its people, and its traditions. She reads, admires, and reflects on style and is impartial to season wear. She loves her gal pals as much as traveling and chocolate. 

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